Newsletter August 2017

Newsletter August 2017

Posted on Aug 30, 2017

We have been inundated with patients presenting with the flu. The Royal Children’s Hospital has seen a 50% increase in the number of admissions this year caused by influenza. The only protection against the flu is vaccination and it’s better late than never… check supply though as some people have had difficulty in finding the age appropriate dose.

The flu is a virus so antibiotics do not help. If you are displaying flu like symptoms please stay at home until you are better. If you are concerned or have ongoing symptoms please see your GP.

We have also been seeing a lot of children with gastroenteritis which can be caused by a variety of germs. Please keep your children at home until 48 hours has passed since they last vomited or had diarrhoea before you send them back to childcare. This will help to avoid passing on these nasties to others.

​Thank you to all our patients who provided feedback recently in the form of patient surveys. This was done as part of our accreditation process and to get a better understanding of what we are doing well and what we can improve. Overwhelmingly the response was very positive. One area we are working on is our waiting times once you are in the clinic. Our doctors have added more catch up slots to their dairies and our reception team will continue to try and contact you when there is an unforeseen delay. Hopefully this will result in a more timely service for you and your loved ones. ​​

The school based immunisation program is underway in Victoria to cover 15-19 year olds against disease caused by Meningococcal W strain.

The campaign targets young people between the ages of 15 to 19 years of age. All young people who are not able to access the vaccine through their secondary school and are aged 15 to19 years between 18 April 2017 and 31 December 2017 can get the vaccine at Turn the Corner Medical Clinic.

More information can be found on this website: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/Meningococcal-vaccine-for-young-people

The guidelines and recommendations for use of the Men ACYW vaccine are currently being reviewed so we will update you of any relevant changes as they come to light.